Wonder Bar

  • Location: 186 Harvad Ave.
  • Phone: 617.351.2665
  • Description: Popular with area students and young professionals looking to take a break from Allston-Brighton’s beery sports bars, Wonder Bar provides a classy alternative. With its dark colors and designer martinis, the venue emits a classic lounge vibe. Upstairs you’ll find high ceilings, red-brick walls, and wood-paneled floors accented by a dimly lit cognac glow. Downstairs you’ll find a glowing, modern bar with a true underground feel.

    Wonder Bar is definitely not your normal A-B watering hole; it has a rich history that stands out on Harvard Ave. Formerly Bunratty’s in the early ’60s, 186 Harvard Avenue has been host to many famous bands. Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, and even Frank Sinatra all played here, bringing the classic sounds of American music to an otherwise sleepy Allston.

    In the mid 80′s, Bunratty’s changed hands, becoming Local 186. While bands from around the Boston area still played at the venue, it had more of the feel of a biker bar, featuring billiards tables and darts on the lower level. Unfortunately, by the early ’90s, the rock ‘n roll scene in Allston had faded considerably, and Local 186 was forced to reinvent itself again.

    Under new ownership, 186 Harvard Ave was renamed Wonder Bar. The focus changed, shifting from raucous bikers to a more cultured, relaxed experience. An open-concept kitchen was installed, providing full-service, high-quality dining. Jazz bands played nightly, contributing to a classy, sophisticated atmosphere that persists today.

    Fast forward to 2008, where the lineup of DJ’s is legendary and the sound system is solid. Open 7 nights a week with a kitchen serving till midnight, it reflects the image and attraction it has always had, while building upon its history to provide a welcoming atmosphere to patrons from all walks of life. Guests enjoy freshly made appetizers and gourmet quesadillas made right in front of them; likewise, the highly trained staff draws upon the extensive collection of liquors to create some truly amazing cocktails. We invite you to come see for yourself!

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